“Are you injured or are you hurt?”

My limited participation in team sports involves me playing softball in the 10th grade for half of the season.  I quit the team and started working a part-time job after school.  The question, “Are you injured or are you hurt?” is supposed to help the coach determine whether or not the player can continue to participate in the sport.  If the answer is “I’m injured” the game is over for the player.  If the answer is “I’m hurt” the game continues.

I say all that to say that I hurt a muscle in my left leg recently.  My husband assured me that it is a muscle, not a ligament.  No injuries.  I don’t have pain, just slight discomfort.  I’m not sure, but I think that I hurt myself while stretching or by walking too fast.  I am working on increasing my pace.  Perhaps, I pushed myself too much.  Based on my limited research, I think that I hurt my sartorius muscle.  I am definitely not injured.  I can still walk, maybe even run if I tried.  I’m not going to try…yet.  Thank God that the discomfort is not worse than it is!  I can continue to walk on the treadmill.  I just cannot walk as fast as I had been walking.  Yesterday, my pace was two minutes slower than my most recent walks because I did not want to aggravate the muscle.  Although I did not sweat as much as I usually do, I still felt like I had a good, productive workout session.  According to my Nike+ Running app, I burned 335 calories during that session.  Not too shabby, considering.  So, I will continue walking on the treadmill, but I am planning to take it easy for the next few days.  Maybe I got too excited because I am about to reach another milestone.  More on that in the days to come.

How do you deal with “hurts” and “injuries”?  Do you keep pressing on or do you dial it back?  Please share your techniques.  Remain encouraged.

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